Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) invites high school students from California and Reno to apply for an immersive outdoor and academic program in Tahoe from July 5-August 7. The ARC summer course introduces students to the natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains, while challenging them academically, emotionally, and physically.  For students who are spending significant time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ARC summer course will offer a month of outdoor adventures. During the course, students backpack, rock climb, and raft, while studying language arts and environmental science. They write poetry and personal essays and learn to navigate in the backcountry using a topographical map. After months of not being able to socialize outside their homes, participants will make new friends and become part of a team.

ARC offers the course to students on a sliding scale based on family income. However, many students pay less than $35 for their participation. We encourage first-generation students and English-language learners to apply. We welcome all students who are motivated to experience a challenging outdoor and academic adventure. Students can receive elective academic credit for their participation. Students from North Tahoe and Truckee High Schools will be eligible for a $1,000 post-secondary scholarship if they complete a follow-up year of leadership, literacy, and outdoor programming.

Please join us for a parent information session hosted by TTUSD on Tuesday, March 23. We will present in English from 5:30-6:00 pm ( and in Spanish from 6:00-6:30 pm (

The summer 2021 program will accept applications now until April 23. Visit to learn more about the program and to submit an application. Contact Kaela Frank, Tahoe Program Coordinator, at [email protected] with questions.